Psychologist Merritt Bond believes she buried her troubled past when she left Mississippi and opened a practice out West. She thrives in her new life until she receives a disturbing call from her younger sister, Lilli Ann, who fears for her life. Merritt has no choice but to close her office and return home. Back in the place where her nightmares began, she not only rescues Lilli Ann, but is forced to confront her personal demons. The old Bond homestead reeks with the stifling odor of roses. Their scent stirs Merritt’s memories of a dark figure she calls Mr. Honeycut, and how he slid down the hall into her bedroom night after night. The words to “Sweet Rose of Sharon” and the cloying scent of rose water perfume invades her brain, and she remembers the time he left behind a trophy, a pair of dirty panties belonging to someone else. Not realizing what she had, Merritt stuffed the panties into the pouch of her teddy bear, Foffy Bear, and stashed him in her secret place. Returning to Mississippi, she retrieves evidence of her molestation and risks her life to unravel the secrets hidden deep inside her own broken psyche.